Gallery One: Mark Granlund – oil on canvas
“My experience of the Northern Minnesota landscape breaks down my socialized self to one that is elemental: one that responds to rhythm, sound, and solidity more than the fluid nature of a social setting. I try to capture this experience here in these paintings while pushing the elements of the landscape to become more abstract.”
– Mark Granlund (St. Paul, Minn.)
Mark Granlund of St. Paul, MN, paints in oil on canvases and panels and in gouache on paper. He received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College in 1988. He developed arts programs for Como Zoo (1994-2003) and the Department of Parks and Recreation (2005-16), both St. Paul, and for the last three years has been the Public Art Administrator for Metro Transit in the Twin Cities.
Granlund‘s influences include Thomas Hart Benton, Lois Dodd, James Winn, Philip Guston and Milton Avery. His landscapes are created in response to the Northern Minnesota landscape. His regular visits to the Minnesota/Canada border, to explore the landscape of his father’s childhood, have forged an attentiveness to its unique combination of water, rocks, trees and sky. In his paintings, he recognizes the energy patterns that are kindred between body and rock, thought and sky, feelings and water, all in the presence of witnessing spirits – the trees.
As the experience of Nature is a layering of sensory input, my large canvases portray the bodily perception through a progression of paint handling: washes, fields of color, impasto strokes, and glazing and scumbling. As the viewer stands before the canvases, the eye always finds another layer, another moment of detail or enhancement, taking them deeper into the experience of the art.
Granlund has exhibited throughout the Midwest , most recently at Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St. Paul, MN (2019, 1st Place Painting); Hopkins (MN) Center for the Arts (2019, solo); Backus Art Center, International Falls, MN (2019); Westfields Hospital and Clinic, New Richmond, WI (2019); and Site: Brooklyn Gallery, New York, NY (2018). He is represented at two galleries: Gallery 360 in Minneapolis and Dow Art Gallery in St. Paul.
Gallery Two: Michelle Kaisersatt – clay sculpture
“Life and nature: my source of inspiration. The foundation upon which I place my feet as I venture into the creation of each individual piece. With the deepest respect for everything created in nature, I am inspired. From the uniqueness of a single leaf to the ethereal expression of dancing on a breeze.”
– Michelle Kaisersatt (St. Peter, Minn.)
Michelle Kaisersatt, a sculptural clay artist, has lived on the bluffs just outside St. Peter, MN for many years. Having experienced wheel-thrown pottery in high school, she reintroduced herself to clay at the age of 35, participating in classes at the Southern Minnesota Clay Center, located in the Arts and Heritage building in St. Peter. This experience was life-changing. From those three beginner sessions, she went on to teach herself the intricacies of clay.
Kaisersatt is not afraid of challenging herself. Expressing emotion through surface texture, incorporating found objects, invoking respect and honor by capturing the beauty of nature, and experiencing vulnerability through vessel shapes pushed beyond the typical. The vast majority of her work is wheel -thrown with surface detail expressed through hand-carved relief.
Working with red iron oxide stains, she has found a finishing process that allows her to carve intricate textures and lines, capturing movement and emotion that would otherwise be lost if glazed in the traditional sense.
Kaisersatt finds that her formal education in Interior Design has been the seedbed for her love of creative composition in design. Art Nouveau and Arts and Craft design styles filter into her work periodically, but her strongest influence is nature.
Through her clay, she speaks for social and environmental justice, and human equality. Her voice is her art, and it is gaining strength.
Kaisersatt’s work has been in juried collaborative exhibits and solo shows at The Pump House Kader Gallery (LaCrosse, WI); Freeborn County Arts Initiative (Albert Lea, MN); Carnegie Art Center Hope Cook Gallery (Mankato, MN); The 410 Project (Mankato Mn); Owatonna Healing Arts Exhibit (Owatonna, MN); St. Thomas O’Shaughnessy Education Center (St. Paul, MN); The Grand Center for Arts and Culture 4 Pillars Gallery (New Ulm, MN); and Arts Center of St. Peter (St. Peter, MN).
Gallery Two: Kimber Olson– mixed media fiber sculpture
“Grounded in an ecofeminist framework that respects organic processes, sentience in plant and animal life, intuition and embodied knowing, my work presents alternative ways of seeing and thinking about the environment to mend current disconnects between culture and nature, and it draws attention to vulnerable yet critical resources andecology of Earth.”
– Kimber Olson (Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Kimber Olson is a sculptural textile artist from Eden Prairie, MN, whose studio practice is based in nearby Carver. A process-led maker, she uses organic materials to create art about the environment with an emphasis on critical habitats. Largely self-taught, she has learned techniques that inform and influence her approach through workshops with renowned fiber artists including Lisa Klakuluk, Chunghie Lee and Susan Brandeis. To propagate handcrafts and the creative spirit, she facilitates workshops and community art projects at senior communities, elementary schools, correctional centers, and more.
Olson’s concerns about ecological degradation and conservation led her to reconsider her materials and methods, to more consciously align medium with message. Her current focus is on the most ancient of textile arts – wet felting – where layers of wool fibers are transformed into cloth with water, warmth and agitation. Often she integrates woven cloth using a contemporary approach called nuno felting. Repurposed garments and found objects also find their way into her art.
Through a practice grounded in an ecofeminist framework that respects organic processes, sentience in plant and animal life, and embodied ways of knowing, Olson offers alternative ways of seeing and thinking about the natural world. She wants viewers to see, feel and locate themselves in the art and the environment. By manipulating materials into visual narratives reflective of organic systems, Olson draws attention to beauty, fragility and resilience.
My practice is guided by the belief that art is a tool for mending disconnections between culture and nature.
Olson’s work has been exhibited locally and regionally at venues including Hopkins Art Center, Textile Center (Minneapolis), Owatonna Art Center, AAW Gallery of Wood Art (St. Paul), Anderson Center (Red Wing) and the Minnesota State Fair, and nationally at Fiber Art International XIII in Pittsburgh and Flight Patterns at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport.
Gallery Three: Gloria Adrian – mixed media painting
“This series of work reflects the diversity of people surrounding my life. My community is varied in many ways yet uniform in others. It is ordinary and complex, conventional and exceptional. I am celebrating the strength of this community through the richness found in the innerconnectedness of the people within it.”
– Gloria Adrian (Hudson, Wis.)
Gloria Adrian is an oil painter/collage artist who lives and works in Hudson, WI. She received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995. Adrian has done independent study with several local artists and in Europe and Mexico. Before going to school to become an artist, she ran Forest of Adrian, a woodworking business specializing in small furniture items.
Adrian is an active member of the Visual Arts Council at The Phipps. Her influences include nature, John Singer Sargent, Mary Whyte, and Hazel Belvo. She is interested in creating images that express the magic and beauty of the world around us. She believes that the key to expressing emotion is capturing the aura around the subject.
The air around us is light diffused with the moisture and dust particles that produce beautiful hues. Sensing or feeling the light that surrounds a person is what brings them to life for me. Capturing that light and using it are essential to the work.
This series of work is inspired by the diversity of the people surrounding Adrian’s life. She paints figures realistically with a looser background. The collaboration of painting and collage allows her to be both realistic and more abstract.
Historically portraits have been reserved for people of status, wealth or privilege. I like to paint ordinary everyday people while trying to capture their beauty and inner essence.
Adrian has exhibited her artwork throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, in Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky. and New York. Her work is in private collections and she has painted several murals in public spaces.
Riverview Gallery: Gregory T. Wilkins – mixed media photographs
“Working at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American Art during the United States Congress’ Culture War on the National Endowment for the Arts, I was empowered to use my artistic voice to create opportunities for dialogue and to address modern day concerns. In this exhibition, I encourage viewers to reflect on the natural environment and social justice [and] to think about their own privilege and how they might affect change.”
– Gregory T. Wilkins (Mankato, Minn.)
Gregory T. Wilkins of Mankato, MN, is a mixed media artist. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson College (1990, minor art), did post-graduate work at Miami University (1992-94) and doctoral studies at Florida International University with a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership (2001). Raised in a multi-ethnic, multinational family, Wilkins was faced with adversity that shaped his development, social activism, and education.
The act of sewing is stitched throughout Wilkins’ work. Historically, sewing has been labeled as “women’s work”. As a man, he encourages the viewer to question privilege, what is “valued” work and how does it fit in a global context? Through reconstruction and imagination, he builds layers of paint, embroidery thread, photographic collage, ink, etc. The enhanced elements transform into something new, a revelation of the original. Just as “women’s work” has lost cultural currency, Wilkins emphasizes the power and importance of collective history/herstory to understand our collective truth and social constructs.
Here & Now encourages viewers to reflect on the natural environment and social justice while encouraging people to think about their own privilege and how they might affect change.
Wilkins’ work is in public and private collections across the United States. In 2019 and 2016, he received a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Grant funded by the McKnight Foundation through the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment. In 2018, he received an Artists on Main Street grant via the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and with support from the Bush Foundation, Wilkins won 3rd Place at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, and received the Ringholz Foundation Art Prize. Wilkins was elected to serve a two-year term (2019-2021) on the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program panel, a curatorial program of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Overlook Gallery: Mark Ostapchuk – St. Paul, MN – mixed media painting
“My visual work often is marked by bright colors, obsessive patterns and a willingness to revise and build up more than a few layers of translucent and opaque veils of paint. I suppose the fondness I developed many years ago for Matisse’s tight compositions and elegant color arrangement still gives me clues about how to play out my own drawings and paintings.”
– Mark Ostapchuk (St. Paul, Minn.)
Mark Ostapchuk of St. Paul, MN, paints at his studio in the old General Mills research facility in Minneapolis, noting that he ‘makes pictures in the building complex where Cheerios were invented’. He received his BFA and his MFA in Painting and Drawing in the mid 1980s from University of Minnesota, at which he has been a Lecturer since 1991. His current preferred media are oil paint on canvas, on wood panels, or on paper mounted on medium density fiberboard (MDF), and watercolor on paper.
My visual work often is marked by bright colors, obsessive patterns and a willingness to revise and build up more than a few layers of translucent and opaque veils of paint. I suppose the fondness I developed many years ago, for Matisse’s tight compositions and elegant color arrangement still gives me clues about how to play out my own drawings and paintings. Apart from looking at other artists for influences, I like the shapes I encounter in everyday domestic life. For example, playing card club shapes and those decorative scallops of 1960s suburban house millwork find themselves in my drawings and paintings. I also like the ways jazz singers interpret and improvise standard songs into the most personal statements. I like to think that drawings and paintings share jazz music’s possibilities to point out something poignant in what first might seem cliché.
Ostapchuk has exhibited in the University of Minnesota Gallery, now the Weisman Art Museum; the Katherine Nash Gallery (Minneapolis); The Soap Factory (Minneapolis); Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery; Minneapolis Institute of Art (MAEP 2012); Form + Content Gallery (Minneapolis, 2019, 2017, 2015 solo shows). He received a McKnight Fellowship in 1992. Form + Content represents his work and Fairview Ridge Hospital, Burnsville, MN, holds a piece in its collection.